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A colony of king penguins on South Georgia

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Atlantic
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On this extraordinary 22-day voyage, explore the Falkland Islands and spend days around the enigmatic South Georgia Island before heading to the South Shetlands Islands and the Antarctic peninsula. A complete voyage with many highlights on board Ocean Atlantic. Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, your first adventure will be a visit to the fascinating Falkland Islands. The capital of Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture is on your list as well as Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches. The next stop is South Georgia Island, which is one of world’s greatest natural wonders. From here, cruise towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Incredible ice in the Weddell SeaMirror-like waters in protected baysAbandoned whaling village of Stromness, South GeorgiaAdmire Antarctic fur sealsMassive flat-topped tabular icebergs in the Weddell SeaA colony of king penguins on South Georgia
Highlights
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage in the wake of great explorers
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Discover abundant wildlife, including penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds
  • Learn about whaling and maritime history in the Falklands and South Georgia
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, board your ship, Ocean Atlantic. Your journey begins as the captain navigates through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While you make your way towards the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) there will be plenty of time to get to know the ship as well as participating in the many activities offered on board. Lectures about wildlife and the history of the Falkland Islands will be held, and your experienced expedition team will share stories and lectures that vary based on the locations you visit and their areas of expertise.

Day 3-4: Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During the morning, approach Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Atlantic will cast anchor by the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), a remote South Atlantic archipelago. Utilizing the Zodiacs, you will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley. On the following day you will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots, where penguins and other sea birds gather.

Day 5-6: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. 

Day 7-11: South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
South Georgia has a dramatic setting with glacier-clad rugged mountains. Lying in the Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic convergence, the cold sea is booming with life. The island, often referred to as “The Galapagos of the Poles”, can only be reached by ship. There is no permanent human settlement, but seabirds and seals breed in the millions. The difficulty of getting there and the restrictions to protect the environment, makes South Georgia one of the least-visited tourist destinations in the world. Today the island has been largely left to recover from human over-exploration, resulting in dramatic increases in the number of whales, seals as well as penguin and seabird populations. The itinerary and activities over the next days are largely dependent on the weather and the sea.

You will have a chance to visit Salisbury Plain, home to one of the largest king penguin colonies on the island, estimated between 250,000 and 5,000,000. Gentoo penguins, giant petrels and Antarctic prions also breed on the island.
The British administration at Grytviken, a former Norwegian whaling station, is also worth a visit. The famed British explorer Ernest Shackleton died in Grytviken on his second visit, and is buried south of the station. The endemic South Georgia pipits and South Georgia pintails may be seen around the buildings.

Day 12-13: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The next days are spent travelling on the South Atlantic Sea's southern waters, crossing the 60th parallel south and from hence on, you are in the Southern Ocean's swells.

During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on your horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Day 14-19: Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Over the coming days, you will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Days at sea are great for enjoying the seascapes, relaxing, or participating on the program onboard.

Day 20-21: Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today, depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on your way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En route, you will cross the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
 
During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to dwell on some of the fantastic moments you have witnessed during your great voyage.

Day 22: Ushuaia | Disembark

This morning, arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of your voyage, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home.

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Size 9-10 m². Cabins feature a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Size 18-21 m². Large Inside Triple Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, and a fold-out single bed, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub, and a porthole. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 18-21 m². Large Inside Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 11-12 m². Featuring two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Size 12-13 m². This Standard Cabin has two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 20-23 m² Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a sofa bed that enables triple accommodation, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
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Size 19-24 m². Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, a private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 35 m². These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, a large private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).

Notes

INCLUSIONS
  • 22-day cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double stateroom with private facilities
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boot rentals
  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Free tea and coffee daily
  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team 
  • Special photo workshop
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
  • Taxes and port fees
EXCLUSIONS
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.5 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
  • Required Emergency Evacuation Insurance of at least $200,000. Please let us know if you need help arranging this.

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